I hope that your week is off to a great start! This week I want to start a new "Quick Tip" series where I'll plan to share, well, quick tips on various topics. Without further delay, we'll kick this series off with the first quick tip, "Keeping perspective while using Symbol Builder".
Some time ago, AutoCAD® Electrical introduced a new Symbol Builder feature which leveraged the existing Block Editor environment in AutoCAD. This actually has made many users uncomfortable because they are taken into a "sterile" environment, away from any existing drawing elements or things they may need to help them position or size the new block that is being created. As you can see in the image below, I'm starting to draw my new symbol, but I really cannot tell how the size compares to the other items in my drawing/library:
At first glance, this environment may look to be difficult, if not impossible to work within. How can you tell what size to make things? How can you figure out exactly where to position the various elements of your new block so that they will look and align correctly when used?
By using the "XREF" command from AutoCAD, I can attach a drawing for reference to help me build the new block that I need. As you can see in the image above, I now know that the circle I was starting to draw was entirely too large and can correct this prior to finishing the block creation process.
I hope you find this information useful!!